Take a bow and start playing tunes with this friendly guide! Whether you're an aspiring classical musician or you just want to fiddle around, Violin For Dummies will have you making music in not time. This interactive book-and-CD-ROM package makes it easy with step-by-step instruction on everything from simple tunes to show-stopping techniques. With coverage of musical styles including classical, country, and jazz, this is the ultimate guide to the violin. Discover how to: * Choose the right violin and accessories * Develop correct violin and bow hold * Understand the language of music * Play classical, country, gypsy, and jazz * Tune, change strings, and perform simple maintenance Get Smart @www.dummies.com * Find listings of all our books * Choose from many different subject categories * Sign up for eTips at etips.dummies.com MP3 files of every song and exercise from the book. Video clips demonstrating techniques to help you pick up and play. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Introduction Part I: So You"ve Always Wanted to Play the Violin" Introducing the Violin Strings and Bows: the Parts of a Violin How Violins Work Cracking the Case: Taking the Violin Out and Putting it Away In Tune with Things Tuning the Violin Using electronic tuners Tuning with the piano Dealing With Pegs and Fine Tuners Holding Up Well Understanding the Importance of a Good Violin Hold How to Hold Your Violin Standing position Sitting position Reading from a music stand Chinrests and Shoulder Rests: Finding a Good Fit Fixing Common Problems With the Violin Hold Part II: A Sound Start Take a Bow Preparing the Bow Tightening the horsehair Using rosin on your bow Getting a Grip on the Proper Bow Hold The famous diva method The hidden treasures method Setting the Bow on the Strings Understanding bowing signs Bowing on different strings Playing Your First Concert! Smooth and Clean: Two Bowing Styles Getting the Left Hand Right Getting in Touch With the Strings The Number System: Making Your Fingers Count Knowing which finger to use Putting Your Fingers on the Right Spots Step and Touch: How Semitones Work All Together Now Hands Together Bowing and fingering at the same time Exercising your co-ordination Making Music (without Actually Reading Any!) Using our handy charts Keeping an eye on the chart and your playing! The Top of the Charts: 4 Simple Songs Part III: Reading Music on the Violin 5 Lines Translated Onto 4 Strings What All Those Blobs Mean All Good Boys Deserve Fun "And So Do Girls! Charting Your Way With the Fingers On The Key To Key Signatures We"re Counting On You - Guide to Rhythm One Beat at a Time: Quarter Notes Raising the Bar Take Note: Other Common Notes Adding Dots (No Need to Cross the T"s!) Getting Ticked Off " A Guide to Metre Counting in 4s Counting in 3s Everything Else Can Be Done From 4s and 3s! Part IV: Musicianship and Harmony Scaling the Heights Climbing up and down Marching through the Major Scales Casting Light on those Minor Scales Harping On about Arpeggios The Keys to Knowledge A Major And Its Finger Pattern C Major And Its Finger Pattern The Last 2 Finger Patterns You"ll Really Need! 12. Better Together: Harmony In the Big Leagues: Major Chords Digging For Minor Chords Meet the Bossy Chords: Dominant 7ths Part V: Taking it up a Notch; Techniques and Styles Fancy Bows Two Notes (or more) with One Stroke: Legato Getting up to Speed and Dividing the Bow Shaping the Sounds: Crescendo and Diminuendo Mais Oui, Maestro: Taking on Accents Putting Your Finger on It Two Notes Are Better Than One: Easy Double Stops Sliding into Shifts and Gaining an Advantageous Position All Aquiver: Vibrato Reeling Through the Years: A Quick Tour of Violin Styles Fiddling Around All That Jazz Join the Caravan: Gypsy Violin Part VI: Getting into Gear, Staying in Gear Finding the Right Instrument For You What Makes a Good Violin Where to Begin Your Search Deciding Whether to Buy or Rent Your Violin Getting Plugged into Electric and Electronic Violins Instrument care and Maintenance Changing Strings Upgrading Your Case Changing Chinrests Useful Accessories Cleaning the Violin Rehairing the Bow Part VII: The Part of Tens Ten Performers and Their Recordings Ten Ways to Go Beyond This Book 20. Finding a Teacher: Ten Tips
Katharine Rapoport (Toronto, ON) is a violinist and violist who currently lives and works in Toronto. After graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Cambridge, she completed her postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She has a very broad range of professional freelance experience including musicals such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Showboat. After moving to Canada, Katharine was appointed to the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto.
Take a bow and start playing tunes with this friendly guide! Whether you're an aspiring classical musician or you just want to fiddle around, Violin For Dummies will have you making music in not time. This interactive book-and-CD-ROM package makes it easy with step-by-step instruction on everything from simple tunes to show-stopping techniques. With coverage of musical styles including classical, country, and jazz, this is the ultimate guide to the violin. Discover how to: Choose the right violin and accessories Develop correct violin and bow hold Understand the language of music Play classical, country, gypsy, and jazz Tune, change strings, and perform simple maintenance Get Smart @www.dummies.com Find listings of all our books Choose from many different subject categories Sign up for eTips at etips.dummies.com MP3 files of every song and exercise from the book. Video clips demonstrating techniques to help you pick up and play.
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